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Choice of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. External rendering round one square column (8)

5. Box for a piece of the rigging (4)

9. Unfortunately surrounded by homicidal assassins (4)

10. Using strong language in making a promise (8)

11. French department derived from Siena! (5)

12. Celebrate noisily when the Tories move to the right! (7)

13. There are elements in their make-up which will raise the temperature (8,5)

18. Stanhope changing to four-wheeled carriages (8)

19. Looks both ways (4)

20. Retire in disorder near a location in North Africa (7)

21. Entreaties we shall hear if you don’t mind (5)

22. It’s wise to use its flavour in cooking (4)

23. Easy trip ruined by roughness (8)

Down

2. The rancour that comes from an unfavourable disposition of one’s effects (3-4)

3. Dramatically associated with old lace (7)

4. The era of the teddy boys? (9,4)

6. He works with all sorts of types (7)

7. Observes corresponding respects (7)

8. This shows the rates at which traffic becomes endlessly confused (6)

13. State train noted for its speed (7)

14. Taking off the record will upset a singer (7)

15. Instruction manuals for coaches (6)

16. Narrow-minded description of life on the island (7)

17. Well turned out, showing a neat leg? (7)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Danger (8)

5. Jetty (4)

9. Wan (4)

10. Left (8)

11. Velocity (5)

12. Annexation (7)

13. Somersaulting (4,4,5)

18. Ban (8)

19. Shed (4)

20. Subterfuge (7)

21. Madness (5)

22. Utters (4)

23. Kudos (8)

Down

2. Instance (7)

3. Feign (7)

4. Couturier (5,8)

6. Encroach (7)

7. Amends (7)

8. Disappear (6)

13. Unlucky (7)

14. Irregularity (7)

15. Source (6)

16. Charm (7)

17. Durable (7)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Spells; 4 Whites; 9 No time to spare; 10 Learned; 11 Ensue; 12 Jambs; 14 Usurp; 18 Erato; 19 Refusal; 21 Accommodating; 22 Pastry; 23 Feints.

Down: 1 Single; 2 Extravagances; 3 Lemon; 5 Hostess; 6 Transgression; 7 Skewer; 8 Etude; 13 Bloomer; 15 Decamp; 16 Groom; 17 Aligns; 20 Frame.

QUICK

Across: 1 Remiss; 4 Adjust; 9 Contradiction; 10 Defence; 11 Inter; 12 Essay; 14 Dealt; 18 Chair; 19 Crevice; 21 Reimbursement; 22 Denote; 23 Statue.

Down: 1 Recede; 2 Manifestation; 3 Siren; 5 Deceive; 6 Unintelligent; 7 Tenure; 8 Edged; 13 Acrobat; 15 Scared; 16 Scorn; 17 Settle; 20 Event.